"We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas", Manfred told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Globe Life Field, which opened two months ago, holds 40,300.
This will be the first time the World Series has been played at the same field since 1944, when the event was conducted at Sportsman Park in St. Louis.
"We're moving forward with getting fans in Texas", said Manfred. The NLCS starts on October 12 at 40,300-seat Globe Life Field.
That means more television viewers, more reasons to buy tickets, more reasons to get swept up in the game-day experience and more reasons to buy a hat, jersey or one of those stupid foam fingers. "Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game".
Under a revised playoff format, this year's championship series rounds will be taking place at neutral venues, with Texas hosting the National League games and California staging the American League deciders.
The 2020 MLB regular season is coming to an end - thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league cut the 162-game regular season to 60 games but expanded the playoffs to a 16-team format. "Those plans addressed marginalizing the value of winning the division, and preserving the competitiveness through the regular season", said Manfred.
Manfred told USA Today that he expects to be on hand at the World Series where the Commissioner usually presents the tournament trophy to the victor.
Manfred said: "Frankly, I think this World Championship is going to be special".
It gives us fans more chances to be engaged with the team we cheer for by playing meaningful baseball later into the summer or, better yet, into September. The Angels were still technically in the playoff race with five matches remaining. The absence of 22 matches due to an ankle injury.